A female participant in 42nd annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon died after being collapsed near the finish line on Sunday, May 19, authorities have confirmed.
The runner, who has been identified as Taylor Ceepo, 22, had recently graduated from Walsh University. She was pronounced dead while being taken to a nearby hospital.
As per the report, Taylor was nearly a quarter mile away from the finish line.
It is with great sadness that our Walsh family has lost one of our own, Taylor Ceepo, too soon.
To all of our Cavaliers out there...please pray for Taylor, her family, Women's Soccer teammates and coaches during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/m2uhYrWhkw
— Walsh Athletics (@WalshCavaliers) 20 May 2019
The cause of death of the runner was not immediately known. The temperature in the city was in the 80s and it was warmer than average.
The marathon organizers issued a statement to pay tribute to the late runner. The statement reads,
We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the young woman who collapsed during the race this morning. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family and friends at this time.
For a variety of health reasons, deaths of runners at marathons are common. Just the day earlier, a 48 years old runner died in a Tobago marathon.
A 29 years old passed away last year after running the London Marathon.
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